People make the mistake of assuming that full-time RVers are on a permanent vacation. And while this is true in some respects, full-timers are really just the same as stick-and-brick dwellers, except for the fact that they’ve chosen a far more unconventional residence to call home. And just like stick-and-brick inhabitants, full-time RVers need a vacation every now and then. But how do you hop a flight to a tropical island or make the trip to a European cityscape when your home is on wheels? Luckily for you we’ve got some solutions for how to travel internationally when you’re a full-time RVer!
When you make plans to go overseas as a full-time RVer, you have to make accommodations for your home while you’re away. Security and services are going to be an obvious priority, so here are some options for where to safely park your RV as you vacation internationally. Remember that when looking for specific accommodations, make sure that they’re within a close proximity to the airport you’ll be flying out of.
This is by far one of the most secure options, as most storage lots are locked, gated, and monitored. Most also have options for trickle power at an extra charge so you can keep your refrigerator and other utilities running while you’re gone. The issue with storage facilities is that they can be expensive and most are looking for long-term occupants, so storing your RV for only a week or two might not be an option. Because this may not be the case with every storage facility, consider calling ahead of time and asking around just to be sure.
Although less secure than most storage facilities, campgrounds can be semi-safe locations to park your RV while you’re away. Consider paying the monthly rate to save some cash, and then stay at your purchased site for the additional week or two either before or after your vacation. Because security at campgrounds can be questionable, you will most likely want someone checking in on your rig to make sure that everything is okay. And because most all campgrounds offer electric services, you won’t have any issues keeping the food in your fridge from going bad.
If you don’t have pets and you won’t be needing any electric services while you’re away, consider parking your RV in an airport parking lot. While this may be prohibited depending on the airport you’re flying out of, it can be worth it to make the call and check on their overnight parking restrictions. This can also be an expensive option, even if you go with oversized economy parking. But the convenience of having your home waiting for you on-site once you fly back in might be worth the cost.
A lot of full-time RVers travel with pets. While these furry companions are great for living life on the road, they’re not so ideal for overseas travel. And unless you want to bring them along and put them through the stressful trauma of flying on the plane in a cargo hold, they’ll need to be looked after and taken care of while you’re gone. Here are a couple of options for keeping your pet safe while you vacation overseas.
Animal boarding facilities are made to house people’s animals while they are away, and they vary from ridiculously expensive to reasonably priced. If you RV with a cat or dog, it should be pretty easy to find a facility that will accommodate your animals until you return, but if you have a more unconventional pet, you might have a harder time finding a facility capable of properly caring for them. Another concern with boarding facilities is the quality of care. Conduct some thorough research and read plenty of reviews to ensure your animal’s safety before leaving them there.
If you don’t trust animal boarding facilities, then you’ll want to find a pet-sitter. Either find someone you can trust who will house your animals in their care, or find a person willing to stay in your RV or check up on your animals daily. If you’re leaving your rig at an RV park, befriend a nearby camper who will responsibly handle the task. Look to other animal lovers and pet owners when browsing for potential pet-sitting candidates. Consider attending a campground function or a social event to mingle, meet, and learn more about your RV park neighbors. Remember, you’ll be handing over the keys to your home, so make sure it’s someone you can trust.
Hopefully after the stress of making accommodations is over, you’ll be able to hop on a plane with your passport in hand and not a worry in your head! Are you a full-time RVer who has traveled internationally before? How did you pull it off? Let us know in the comments!